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Ronaldo Hails Zidane As Madrid Reach CL Finals

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[caption id="attachment_7989" align="alignnone" width="600"]Image Credit: AFP ALBERTO PIZZOLIReal Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) shakes hands with Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane[/caption]

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has applauded the impact made by coach, Zinedine Zidane after the Frenchman led his side into the Uefa Champions League final.

The Galacticos defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the semi-final of the Champions League at the Bernabeau on Wednesday night.

A first-half own goal by Brazilian midfielder Fernando was the only difference between the sides over two legs as Real set up an all-Spanish final and a repeat of the 2014 final against local rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan on May 28.

Speaking after the game, Ronaldo who made his return after a three-game absence due to a thigh injury said: “Zidane is doing a great job.

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“I admire him as a coach and a person, I hope he continues in the job.

“We’ve always been behind Zidane because he is a humble person who likes to listen, and that always makes things easier.

“It was a complete game, the team played really well and we could have finished them off with a second goal — 1-0 is a tight scoreline but it’s enough.”

Zidane who took over from sacked Rafael Benitez in January following a poor run of form by the Spanish club said: “I am the coach, so I am doing something right for sure, but it is not just me.

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“It is a question of all the people working with me and the most important people are the players. It is them that allow you to win in football.”

Since taking over in January, the Frenchman has won 19 of his 24 games.